Karen Busby

Law professor Karen Busby, alongside 11 other Canadians, will be inducted into the Canadian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) human rights hall of fame on July 30. 

The Q Ball (“q” for queer) will be held in Vancouver and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore will be there to officially recognize the Q Hall of Fame as Canada’s national LGBT human rights hall of fame. 

Past inductees include former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Olympian Mark Tewksbury. 

Busby is the director of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research initiative. She is being recognized for her advocacy over many years for the LGBT community. 

Busby researches laws related to sexuality and violence, including human rights laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people. She was an active participant in law reform efforts directed at recognition of same-sex relationships and has worked on challenges to laws on bawdy houses, indecency, age of consent, and gender identity. She also appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada in the Little Sisters case about the discriminatory treatment of LGBT bookstores by Canada Customs. 

“The LGBT communities in Manitoba work well together,” Busby said. “It has been an honour to be one of the public figureheads.” 

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